You guys remember that one time when Paulo Filho used to actually fight? Damn, those were the days. Dude would come out to Darude, earn a paycheck, then go backstage to sip on tropical flavored Capri Suns. First there was Bitetti Combat in which he abruptly dipped out due to unknown reasons. Then Paulo Filho admitted that although he should be in therapy, he didn’t feel like going and choose to go fishing instead. In October 2009, just 48 hours before Dream 12 was scheduled to go down, Paul Filho’s mother informed FEG that he had to drop out of the event due to apparent passport problems. The next month, Paulo Filho admitted that he didn’t have any passport problems, the dude was just severely depressed…again.
Today, Bellator was forced to replace Paulo Filho with Jay Silva in Thursday’s ‘superfight’ with Hector Lombard. It’s not really a ‘superfight’ anymore since there will be no cut-off flannel involved, however it seems like Bellator insists on keeping that title. In an interview with Tatame Magazine, Paulo Filho says the reason why he was dropped from the Bellator card is not because of his alleged ‘passport issues’, but it’s because he’s too damn strong.
“Honestly, I don’t know. I think maybe people knew I was in a good shape, strong, so they got scared… In fact, I’ve been informed it was a mistake of the event, which didn’t gave me the letter so I could take it to the council. Things were left to be solved at the last minute, unfortunately I won’t fight.”
It’s clear that Bellator is scared to have a strong dude that’s in shape inside their organization. Good call Filho, thanks for the heads up. When I become big and strong when I grow up, I’ll be sure stay clear of Bellator. [Source]